20 Years. 20 Stories. | No. 4 with Juan Alvarez

We hear from Juan Alvarez, Outdoor Outreach instructor, about his nearly 20 years with the organization.Juan first found Outdoor Outreach in 2001. Since then, he’s been through our leadership program, become an instructor, and touched so many lives. When asked what Outdoor Outreach means to him, Juan says, “Words can’t truly describe what it means, […]
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Outdoor Outreach Fundraising Gala Marks 20 Years

OUTDOOR OUTREACH CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AT ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT, LEAD THE WAYOutdoor Outreach was founded in 1999 by Chris Rutgers. You can hear our founding story here.This year, Outdoor Outreach celebrates 20 Years of Adventure. That means 20 year of leadership, making a difference, building resilience, and challenging the youth that we serve. We’ve spent […]
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20 Years, 20 Stories No. 3 with Star Soltan Lerach

For our third installment in 20 Stories. 20 Years., we spoke with Star Soltan Lerach, a long time supporter of Outdoor Outreach.Star Soltan Lerach is a lover of the natural world, a mentor to local San Diego youth, and a huge proponent of the power of the outdoors. A native of San Diego herself, Star […]
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20 Years. 20 Stories. | No. 2 with Eh Ler Tha

We’re continuing our 20 Years, 20 Stories series with a story from Eh Ler, our staff instructor and photographer extraordinaire.Eh Ler joined Outdoor Outreach in his sophomore year of high school. One of the greatest challenges he faced in the beginning was his lack of confidence in expressing himself. That didn’t last long once he […]
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Outdoor Outreach Receives Funding through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program

Outdoor Outreach has received another year of funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Urban Wildlife Conservation Program (UWCP).The UWCP has invested in community partners to expand access to nature for underserved youth in San Diego.  Through outdoor learning, service and stewardship, conservation-based jobs for disadvantaged youth, and enjoyment of being exposed to nature, […]
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20 Years. 20 Stories. | Q & A with Outdoor Outreach founder Chris Rutgers

We sat down with Outdoor Outreach founder Chris Rutgers to talk about his founding principles, his vision for the organization, and one very important aha moment. Chris founded Outdoor Outreach in 1999, and the vision that he catalyzed is just as present in our work today as it was 20 years ago.   Our 20th Anniversary […]
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Outdoor Outreach will Partner with Rady Children’s Hospital

Outdoor Outreach will Partner with Rady Children’s Hospital in Support of Local Youth Experiencing Mental Health Challenges The unique, collaborative effort will offer teens a program centered on nature-based experiences designed to help them overcome their challenges outside of the traditional therapy setting.  Outdoor Outreach, a nonprofit dedicated to serving disadvantaged youth through transformative year-round, trauma-informed […]
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Hiking with Dogs in San Diego

Ready to hit the trail with your pup, but not sure where to head first? Look no further. We’ve got a rundown of the best hiking spots in San Diego to #GetOutside with your best friend. First, make sure your dog is prepared for the outdoors… Does Fido have all of her up to date vaccinations? […]
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Outdoor Outreach Alumna Secures $69,000 Grant from Huber Corporation

OUTDOOR OUTREACH RECEIVES $69,000 IN “IMPACT YOUR COMMUNITY” FUNDINGFormer Outdoor Outreach participant-turned-fundraiser makes it happen Outdoor Outreach has recently received $69,000 of funding through Huber Helps, J.M. Huber Corporation expanded approach to community engagement to support environmental programming. The award was made possible by Outdoor Outreach alumna Nancy Tran, a current employee at CP Kelco, […]
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